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Hometown News Release 2018

Commencement 2018

Commencement Hometown News Release

If you would like to send an announcement of your son or daughter’s graduation to your local news outlet, please use the template below as a guide (2018 template will be available in May). Cut and paste the template into a word file or body of an email, and fill in the graduate’s information where indicated. Send the completed press release by mail or email to the editor of your local news outlet. (E-mail and postal addresses usually are available online via the 'Contact us' link on the paper's website.) You may also want to include a photo of the graduate. If you do so by mail, write his or her name on the back of the photo. If you do so by e-mail, include the graduate’s name in the file name.


Hometown News Release 2017

CONTACT: [your name and telephone number or email address]

SPECIAL TO:  [name of your local newspaper]

RELEASE DATE: AFTER Monday, May 22, 2017


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (5-22-17) -- [Student name], [select one: son/daughter] of [names of parent(s)/guardian(s)] of [city], was awarded a [cite degree received (e.g., bachelor of arts degree or bachelor of science degree*)] in [cite major/field of study] at the 141st Commencement of Boston College on Monday, May 22.

[Student's name] is a graduate of [name/city of high school]. At Boston College, [cite here any academic honors, memberships in clubs, athletics activities, et. al. **]

The 2017 Commencement speaker was U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a nationally recognized advocate for children and families who served as the prime Senate sponsor of the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, which will allow millions of families across the United States to save for the long-term care of their loved ones with disabilities in tax-advantaged savings accounts. Casey also has been active on the legislative front in areas such as cracking down on terrorists’ financing, making it easier for small businesses to expand, and addressing the problem of campus sexual assault. He also spent a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a teacher and basketball coach in inner-city Philadelphia. Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., president of Boston College, presented Casey with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Fr. Leahy also presented honorary degrees to four distinguished alumni: longtime Boston area community activist Amy Chin Guen; Tiffany Cooper Gueye, CEO of the non-profit organization BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life); film and television star Chris O’Donnell; and Fr. Leo B. Shea, M.M., missioner for Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus. Today, it is one of the foremost universities in the nation, with a coeducational enrollment of some 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students drawn from all 50 states and 80 countries. Its faculty of eminent scholars is dedicated to teaching, both at the undergraduate level and in its graduate programs in education, law, management, nursing, social work, and theology and ministry. Boston College is guided by its founding Jesuit mission to offer students a transforming educational experience; to help them develop both their intellect and their character, and to encourage them to lead lives of faith, integrity and service to others.


* If the degree is awarded with honors (cum laude, etc.) include that information here.

**If the graduate's plans are known, a new paragraph including that information could be added after the activities list.